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In our opinion: Alleged benefits of marijuana use have far outpaced science

Alleged benefits of marijuana have outpaced science, with governments giving sanctions to an unproven drug.

In our opinion: Efforts toward federal land compromise applauded

Utah Rep. Rob Bishop, more than anyone, should be applauded for his efforts to bring a compromise solution in the way 18 million acres of federal land in Utah is managed, but time may be running out. Read more »

Dec. 21, 2015

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In our opinion: The Constitution sputters back to life

An AWOL national legislature gives presidential elections more significance than they deserve. A functioning Congress could signal a notable shift of power from the White House and the Supreme... Read more »

Dec. 20, 2015

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Clean energy requires freedom and innovation

To the extent that people are free to pursue their dreams, innovation will flourish, cleaner, more efficient energy production methods will be developed, and peaceful conditions will make those... Read more »

Dec. 19, 2015

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In our opinion: Gun safety

An increase in gun sales in Utah means that people should take the necessary training needed to ensure they and their families stay safe. Read more »

Dec. 18, 2015

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Wright brothers changed the world

It is nearly impossible to measure the ways the world has changed since that December morning 112 years ago when, in a freezing wind on a North Carolina shoreline, two brothers named Wright... Read more »

Dec. 17, 2015

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Winter storm

Winter’s first volley was a forehand slam of record-breaking snowfall that left freeways sheathed in ice and neighborhood streets impassable. Yet, public works and emergency services crews... Read more »

Dec. 16, 2015

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In our opinion: The Bill of Rights

The Bill of Rights defines what it is to be Americans more than any other written words, but these basic rights are not as identifiable to many Americans as they should be. Read more »

Dec. 15, 2015

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Lawmakers' study suggests caution for control of federal lands

Utah lawmakers are serious about wanting to take control of federal lands. But a previous study indicated that if the price of oil fell to an average of $62 per barrel or lower, Utah taxpayers... Read more »

Dec. 14, 2015

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In our opinion: Utah’s troubling decline in voter participation won’t be solved easily.

Utah ranks low nationally in voter turnout. Reversing the trend must include easier registration, changes to party nomination processes, a more robust two-party system, and more informed civic... Read more »

Dec. 13, 2015

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Problems in Utah substance-abuse treatment

While the vast majority of addiction service providers are honest brokers, a handful of unscrupulous operators are gaming the system in a way that fattens their wallets while leaving patients out... Read more »

Dec. 12, 2015

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In our opinion: Police training to help victims of domestic abuse produces early success

Since Sept. 1, officers in four Utah police jurisdictions have conducted about 150 assessments using the Lethality Assessment Protocol, and in 60 percent of the cases, the questioning uncovered a... Read more »

Dec. 11, 2015

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In our opinion: Herbert takes a courageous stand on Syrian refugees.

Gov. Gary Herbert’s position is opposed by 31 other governors and every member of the Utah congressional delegation. In the face of human suffering, it is essential that countries, states and... Read more »

Dec. 10, 2015

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In our opinion: Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel, named Time's person of the year, example of leadership

How fortunate the world is to have in Merkel an example of principled leadership, someone tutored by experience, firm in her convictions and courageous enough to point the challenging path forward. Read more »

Dec. 9, 2015

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In our opinion: Utah's congressional delegation confronts a changing Washington environment

A changing legislative environment in Washington is characterized by the rewrite of the No Child Left Behind legislation. The Utah congressional delegation may need to rethink its methods of... Read more »

Dec. 7, 2015

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Pearl Harbor is a symbol of the tremendous sacrifice necessary for freedom

National Edition

Pearl Harbor reminds us of the grim task of confronting the ambitious forces of tyranny in Asia and Europe, and the subsequent rebuilding of belligerent nations into strong allies with free... Read more »

Dec. 7, 2015

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Time for Utah to develop comprehensive plan to address inequality in public education

While the state is committed to providing a quality public education to all, the challenge has long been how to provide an equitable experience for all students, regardless of their financial... Read more »

Dec. 5, 2015

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The year-round cause of giving

While the Zuckerbergs are to be commended for pledging 99 percent of their wealth to charity, small acts of generosity are an essential part of charitable giving. Read more »

Dec. 4, 2015

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Does the Iran deal provide increased security for American families?

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An Iran with nuclear weapons has the potential to destabilize the entire world and threaten the lives of millions. In order to enhance security for American families, such a deal will require a... Read more »

Dec. 3, 2015

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Salt Lake City and County are leading an innovative approach to homelessness that looks very promising

What the leaders of Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County are attempting to do with homelessness is very encouraging. City, county and state officials should provide the funding to move these... Read more »

Dec. 2, 2015

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Olene Walker: a compassionate trailblazer

Olene Walker, who passed away Saturday at the age of 85, served Utah well and left an indelible mark on the state. Read more »

Dec. 1, 2015

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In our opinion: Mounting evidence suggests that pornography is a public health risk

National Edition

While many dismiss it as a relatively harmless consequence of free expression, there is mounting evidence that pornography ought to be classified as a threat to public health. Read more »

Nov. 30, 2015

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U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops: 'Pornography is not art'

Pornography has become big business with sexualized images now a commonplace part of mainstream life. But it is taking a devastating toll on human relationships and individual self-worth. Read more »

Nov. 29, 2015

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In our opinion: Colleges would benefit from a little less outrage and a little more critical thinking

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Recent emotionally charged controversies at the University of Missouri and Yale University would benefit from reflecting the principles of education that Martin Luther King Jr. penned as a student... Read more »

Nov. 28, 2015

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In our opinion: Trump unmatched as a candidate in blatant contempt for basic 1st Amendment freedoms

In previous campaign seasons, inflammatory statements aimed at abridging First Amendment protections would likely serve as the death knell to a candidate’s election campaign, but this... Read more »

Nov. 27, 2015

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4 key take-aways from the Pilgrims' experience

National Edition

As the nation celebrates the Thanksgiving holiday, there are four take-aways from the Pilgrims' experience that are especially relevant today. They revolve around diversity, conflict resolution,... Read more »

Nov. 26, 2015

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More retail workers being allowed time to give thanks with families

Thanksgiving may be less of a religious holiday now, but that is how it began when President Abraham Lincoln in 1863 created a federal holiday for the last Thursday in November. More retail... Read more »

Nov. 25, 2015

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Utah is abundantly richer for the life of Randy Horiuchi; his passing leaves a void not easily filled

Before Randy Horiuchi, no state chairman of any party in Utah ever donned a hazmat suit, hip waders or carried a kitchen sink to a press conference. His humor and good-natured personality were... Read more »

Nov. 24, 2015

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A properly managed transit agency is critical to well-being of community it serves

A shakeup on the board of directors of the Utah Transit Authority and the implementation of a stronger ethics policy are welcome and necessary steps toward increased accountability and transparency... Read more »

Nov. 23, 2015

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Caring for poor and disadvantaged is responsibility that falls to every citizen

Panhandling, vagrancy and related criminal behavior are persistent problems, though not necessarily a direct result of homelessness. Mayor-elect Jackie Biskupski seems well disposed to undertake an... Read more »

Nov. 22, 2015

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Concerns over allowing Syrian refugees into U.S. are understandable, but …

A quick and unconditional decision to reject any and all Syrian refugees speaks to an unfortunate tendency to paint all people of certain ethnicity, religious background or geographical origin with... Read more »

Nov. 20, 2015

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Administrators face a difficult balance between sensitivity and safety in schools

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Schools, like airports and now concert halls, are all too often on the front lines of violence. Administrators must balance sensitivity with safety. Read more »

Nov. 19, 2015

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Law enforcement leaders working to reduce prison incarceration rates

It’s time to take a good, long look at innovative alternatives to our current approach to law enforcement. A new group of over 130 law enforcement officials from across the country is working... Read more »

Nov. 18, 2015

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Nous sommes tous Français

National Edition

How nations confront evil when it arises is a test of our collective values. Reason, not emotion, should be our touchstone. We should seek justice, not revenge. And we need to be certain that we... Read more »

Nov. 17, 2015

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New polling holds promise of subduing key elements of 'culture wars'

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Conservatives and liberals alike could benefit greatly as the results of a new survey help us all to get to know each other better relative to some of our most deeply held views about marriage and... Read more »

Nov. 17, 2015

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Prescription drug abuse has extreme health and safety consequences for Utah families

The rates of prescription drug abuse leading to fatal overdoses continue to rise and have reached a point where the problem can or will impact nearly every family in Utah. Read more »

Nov. 16, 2015

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Hatch provides helpful clarification on separation of church and state

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"Generations of Americans have been brought up to believe that our founding principles demand that faith be driven out of government and kept contained to a private sphere. This narrative is flatly... Read more »

Nov. 15, 2015

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The FDA's delay in releasing electronic cigarette regulations is putting the young at risk

National Edition

The FDA is waiting for the results of many studies before deciding what to do about e-cigarettes. Yet millions of Americans, in the meantime, are ingesting harmful chemicals, with long-term... Read more »

Nov. 14, 2015

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Media coverage of demise of Keystone pipeline doesn't tell the full story

The media coverage of the rejection of the Keystone pipeline is being called a victory for environmentalists or a blow to domestic job growth. There are good arguments that it is neither. Read more »

Nov. 13, 2015

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The collapse of health care cooperatives confirms the need to restructure Obamacare

Utah-based Arches is now the 10th of 23 federal health care cooperatives to go out of business. Unfortunately, no major changes seem to be forthcoming. But health care is too important an issue to... Read more »

Nov. 12, 2015

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Veterans Day a time for somber reflection, gratitude

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Veterans Day is not a time to whoop and holler, plan a long weekend of entertainment or enjoy special sporting events. It is a time for somber reflection. Read more »

Nov. 11, 2015

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Judicial review of search-and-seizure constraints

The courts have an enormous responsibility to see to it that the ever-evolving tenets of our constitutional guarantees against unjustified searches remain solid and substantial. Read more »

Nov. 10, 2015

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Thanksgiving: Refugees then and now

National Edition

Three hundred and ninety-five years ago today, the Mayflower arrived at Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The Pilgrims had much of the same determination, aspirations and struggles as their modern-day... Read more »

Nov. 9, 2015

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In our opinion: U.S. District Judge David Nuffer’s ruled this week on Utah’s new election law

The issues at stake are important to Utahns, their families and their preferred choices for solving a variety of issues from setting a state budget to education funding. Read more »

Nov. 8, 2015

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Media rhetoric can undermine police protection in poorest communities

National Edition

FBI Director James Comey openly speculates that a recent crime surge stems, in part, from decline of effective policing. Much needs to be done to improve relations between police and neighborhoods,... Read more »

Nov. 7, 2015

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New study of fantasy sports raises serious questions

National Edition

The arguments that fantasy sports involve the skill of their participants, not chance, are looking feeble, indeed. Investigators and grand juries are working to determine whether these games... Read more »

Nov. 6, 2015

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An apparent changing of the guard in the mayor’s office, based on unofficial vote counts

It’s good to see the citizenry having a voice in the conduct and course of public business. In Salt Lake City, a record turnout led to an apparent changing of the guard in the mayor’s... Read more »

Nov. 5, 2015

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Using renewable energy to create a cleaner and more affordable energy system

An energy study proposes a financially responsible way to capitalize on the West’s abundant inexhaustible renewable energy to create a cleaner and more affordable energy system. Read more »

Nov. 4, 2015

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Under the Affordable Care Act, Utah taxpayers are getting back what they put in and more

Even without Medicaid expansion, Utah taxpayers are getting back what they put in and more. How much federal funds for Medicaid expansion may or may not bring to Utah is a subsidiary issue.... Read more »

Nov. 3, 2015

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Socialism vs. Capitalism, an individual choice based on two principles

National Edition

Underlying the question of which system would serve the people better are two determining principles: the moral foundation of the society and the financial responsibility to save during times of... Read more »

Nov. 2, 2015

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In our opinion: Optimistic outlook when measuring levels of global, local prosperity

The nature of political rhetoric bends toward pessimism, often giving focus to those things that are seen as threatening or deteriorating, as we are witnessing in the current debate over income and... Read more »

Nov. 1, 2015

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